Over the course of the past year, Detroit (MI) Martin Luther King 2020 wide receiver has been one of the nation’s most coveted wide receivers as he has received several high-level offers since last summer and recently picked up an offer from #5 Michigan State after visiting East Lansing over the weekend.
Spartan Nation recently caught up with Williams to recap his visit and talk to him about his new offer from the Spartans and the 6-foot, the 190-pound standout receiver said that he found out of his offer when he talked with head coach Mark Dantonio.
“I went up there for a spring practice and he said he was very interested in me,” he said. “He told me told me earlier in the year that I was going to receive an offer and it was just going to take due time, so I guess it was just perfect timing.”
— Rashawn Williams (@troule19) March 24, 2018
While Williams hasn’t even completed his sophomore year of high school he already holds 16 offers, including offers from Ohio State, Indiana, Kansas State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, and Michigan.
With offers from both Michigan and Michigan State, Williams admitted that he grew up a fan of both teams, mainly because of the fact he has family members who fall on separate sides of the rivalry.
“Growing up, I was basically in the middle of both, I couldn’t pick because some of my family was Michigan fans and the rest were Michigan State fans,” he said. “Mainly my family was built and they were just Michigan fans, but I’m in the middle.”
Williams, who told Spartan Nation he intends on making a college choice by the end of his junior year, said that he could envision himself choosing Michigan State because the Spartans have several players from the city of Detroit on the roster.
“I could see myself playing at Michigan State because they’re starting to load up on a lot of Detroit talent,” he said. “That would be a plus for me, playing with kids who came from the same environment and the same background as me. So I could see myself playing with some buds that I grew up with.”
Williams told Spartan Nation that he’s looking to major in communications when he gets to college.
During his visit over the weekend, Williams said he had the chance to spend time talking with Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and receivers coach Terrence Samuel and added that he has already developed a solid relationship with Samuel.
“That’s my guy,” he said. “We talked and he just said he hopes I make the right decision for me and my family. We’ve got a really nice bond and chemistry that’s there between me and him. He’s a nice guy.”
In talking with Dantonio, Williams said that he got a chance to see different sides of the Michigan State head coach, both a serious side and a fun-loving side as well.
“I think he’s just a serious guy,” he said. “He can joke around, but when it’s time to be serious, he’s really about his business.”
With a couple of visits to Michigan State under his belt, Williams said that he’s been able to get a good feel for the program and said that he likes the family-oriented nature that the Spartans have in East Lansing.
“My impression on Michigan State is just that the players treat each other like they’ve known each other for 10-12 years,” he said. “It’s a family atmosphere up there, I was watching them practice and everybody was just in rhythm. They were dancing to the music that was playing and they were just having fun. It’s a nice, fun place to be.”
So far in his high school career, Williams has already built a reputation as a receiver with a flair of making highlight-reel catches but said he still has things he’d like to work on, including his route running.
“I’ve got to get better at the little routes, like my technique and cleaning up everything so I can have perfect routes, perfect releases,” he said. “And just staying focused and not talking too much trash, but just staying focused.”
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